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Whose fault is bad dog behavior?

posted November 9th, 2012 by
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When it comes to the bad dog at my house, I already know the answer. It’s all my fault.

It used to be that only good dogs lived at our house. Dogs who minded their manners and followed the rules.

Then, this summer, we found out Yoda was sick. A mass on his heart required immediate surgery.

The week of his surgery I babied him and spoiled him. I bent some of the rules and outright ignored others. I rationalized my behavior with the fact that this could very well have been his last week at our house.

When he came home from surgery, I continued the special treatment and rule-breaking. Again, I rationalized. He just had surgery, he is in recovery and these could be his last days!

My husband now jokes that I have ensured our bad dog’s final days are nowhere near and that we will be sharing our home with our Boston Terror, yes Terror, for many years to come.

Our once rule-following dog now thinks he should have his own seat at the dinner table and that he should eat what we eat.

His once cozy crate is no longer good enough. Nothing but the middle of the bed for this dog!

And ask him to do anything without promise of a treat? Forget about it.

So now, Yoda and I are both relearning a few of the house rules.

Whether we are successful is a different story, although it doesn’t really matter. I would much rather have my bad dog than no dog at all.

Have a bad dog at your house? Tell me about it in the comment section below.

- Lauren Cavagnolo